Information for Graduates of Utah Spanish DLI Programs

Information for Graduates of Utah Spanish DLI Programs

The BYU Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center for Language Studies are pleased to offer the following three forms of recognition and academic credit for graduates of Utah dual language immersion programs in Spanish.

BYU Language Certificate

The BYU Language Certificate provides official language skill recognition with:

  • An official annotation of the student’s second language advanced coursework and language proficiency placed on the BYU transcript.
  • Proficiency certificates for speaking and writing with endorsements from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

In order to earn a Language Certificate there is (1) a coursework requirement and (2) a proficiency requirement.

  1. Coursework requirement. Students who complete the three Spanish DLI bridge courses in a Utah high school with a grade of B- or better fulfill the coursework requirement for the Language Certificate and are eligible to take the language proficiency assessments as explained below.
  2. Proficiency requirement. There are two proficiency assessments that must be completed:
  • Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
  • Writing Proficiency Test (WPT)

Students must receive a proficiency rating of Advanced Low or better on either the OPI or the WPT in order to qualify for the Language Certificate.

For more information, please visit here.

Advanced Placement Examination Credit

BYU offers academic credit for students who have earned certain scores on the AP Spanish Language and Literature exams.  For information on AP credits offered by BYU, please visit here.

Transfer Credit for DLI Bridge Courses

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese offers the following transfer credits for students who have completed the DLI Spanish bridge courses in high school.

Bridge CourseBYU Spanish CourseCredit Hours  
SPAN 3118 Literature and Film – Contemporary Issues*SPAN 330 Introduction to Spanish Literature3
Either one of the following two courses:

– SPAN 3116 Pop Culture Film, Media and Entertainment

– SPAN 3117 Breaking Down Walls, Building Identities
*SPAN 457R Special Topics in Spanish American Culture3

*Please note that SPAN 330 and 457R will count toward a Spanish major or minor at BYU.

Bridge courses that have been completed must be included in the BYU admission application. For more information, see